Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
Brazil sues BHP, Vale for $5 billion damages for mine disaster
Reuters: Brazil filed a lawsuit on Monday against two of the world's largest mining companies for 20 billion Brazilian reais ($5.2 billion) to clean up what it says was its worst environmental disaster, caused by the collapse of a tailings dam.
The governments of Brazil and those of two states hit by the damburst sued iron ore operator Samarco and its co-owners, the world's largest miner BHP Billiton Ltd and the biggest iron ore miner Vale SA.
Earlier on Monday, President Dilma Rousseff blamed the disaster...
Prince Charles to make forest appeal
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He will condemn corporations which, he will argue, appear not to care if their business activities result in forest destruction.
About a billion people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods.
Negotiators from 195 nations in Paris seek to reach a deal within two weeks to reduce global carbon emissions.
The agreement is also aimed at limiting global warming to...
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Time: This week, 150 nations have gathered together in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to discuss combating climate change. But the global leaders aren`t the only ones voicing concern.
The research group Climate Central released images of an artist`s impression of climate change`s possible effect on cities across the globe. Before and after pictures predict that cities such as Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro could be heavily immersed in water if the world was four degrees warmer.
China orders factories shut as smog nightmare continues
Agence France-Presse: China has ordered thousands of factories to shut as it grapples with swathes of choking smog that were nearly 24 times safe levels on Tuesday, casting a shadow over the country's participation in Paris climate talks.
A thick grey haze shrouded Beijing, with the concentration of PM 2.5, harmful microscopic particles that penetrate deep into the lungs, climbing as high as 598 micrograms per cubic metre.
The reading, given by the US embassy, dwarfs the maximum recommended by the World Health Organisation,...
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With his partner in the alliance, French President FranÃ§ois Hollande, at his side, Modi said India will host the initiative at the premises of its National Institute of Solar Energy.
"To my long cherished dream of an international alliance of solar-rich...
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"I am not sure, but I can say to you 'now or never'," he told a group of reporters aboard the papal plane, en route home from Africa, according to Reuters. "Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide."
The comments come at the start of a United...
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Washington Post: President Obama joined leaders from 150 nations on Monday in pledging action against climate change, kicking off a historic two-week gathering that Obama called a ?turning point? in the battle against one of humanity?s gravest threats.
Heads of state from industrial powers and tiny island nations assembled in a heavily guarded conference center north of Paris, where negotiators hope to forge a treaty to dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse-gas pollution blamed for warming the planet.
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